The DRI Conference by the Numbers

27 Mar

Number of people who attended DRI’s conference on Thursday: 726
Number of people who registered: 1469
Number of sandwiches eaten: 675
Gallons of coffee consumed: 44
Cups of Good African coffee from Uganda enjoyed on stage by Bill Easterly: 1

Percentage of registered students from NYU: 50
Percentage of registered students from Columbia: 20
Number of other universities represented in the remaining 30 percent: 57

Who tweeted on #DRIdebates? Source:

Number of tweets made under #DRIdebates: 500
How much we like this curated/crowdsourced summary of the conference, created by top tweeter @viewfromthecave: a lot

Number of Millennium Village representatives invited to speak at the conference: 8
Number of Millennium Village representatives on the stage: 0

Number of attendees who brought their own dog-eared copy of Poor Economics for Abhijit Banerjee to sign: 30
Number of people who had Poor Economics counter-signed by development experiment critic Angus Deaton: 1

Number of countries of origin for our 8 speakers: 6 (that’s Ghana, India, Kenya, UK, USA, Uganda)

Percentage of people in our survey who said the conference changed the way they saw aid and development: 70

This post has been updated to reflect final survey figures